Every 2 US migrants bring 7 relatives study shows
For every two new immigrants entering the United States, at least seven foreign relatives are allowed into the country too, resulting in a ballooning family immigration figure.
Published: December 8, 2017, 11:33 am
Previously unreleased data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) show that the number of foreign relatives who enter the US thanks to a family member, has resulted in what is known as “chain migration”.
Breitbart quoted data showing that chain migration is the largest driver of legal immigration, with every two new immigrants bringing seven foreign relatives with them into the country, which amounts to more than 70 percent of the current influx of foreigners.
Between 2005 and 2016, some 9.3 million foreign nationals entered America as chain migrants for no other purpose than to reunite with extended family members. In that same time period, a total of 13.06 million foreign nationals officially arrived through the legal immigration system.
Currently, the number of immigrants to the US allowed on the basis of their skills and employment, are very low. Only one in 15 foreign nationals are admitted in this way. Even though 150 000 employment-based Green Cards are allotted every year, half of those Green Cards actually go to the foreign relatives of employees.
It is the first time that the agency has ever released DHS data on chain migration statistics, which has been broken down to show the country of origin from which foreign nationals arrive to the US.
Mexico sends more chain migrants to the US than any other country. In the last decade, 1.7 million chain migrants have entered the country via Mexico, with the average Mexican immigrant bringing roughly six foreign relatives with him or her.
“After President Trump announced the end of the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, both political establishments have scrambled to come up with a plan that gives amnesty to nearly 800 000 to 3.5 million illegal aliens who have been shielded from deportation or are eligible for the DACA program,” Breitbart noted.
The amnesty deal could trigger even more chain migration over the next decade, if an end to chain migration is not a part of the deal.
It could potentially bring up to 19 million new foreign nationals to the US if the loophole is not covered soon.
A study from 2016 census data by the Center for Immigration Studies found that the average illegal immigrant household receives $1 261 more in welfare than the average American household.
Some 51 percent of all immigrant-headed households received some form of federal welfare, a rate 21 percent higher than native households, 30 percent of which received some sort of benefit. But immigrants from Central America and Mexico draw the most from the welfare system: $8 251, a sum 86 percent higher than average native households.
The greater consumption of welfare dollars by immigrants can be explained in large part by their lower level of education and larger number of children compared to natives. Over 24 percent of immigrant households are headed by a high school dropout, compared to just 8 percent of native households. In addition, 13 percent of immigrant households have three or more children, vs. just 6 percent of native households.
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